Notre Dame High School Improvements
Posted by Colleen Park on Aug 1, 2012 - 4:36:16 PM
SHERMAN OAKS— Notre Dame High School is the “original
resident of this Sherman Oaks location” said President Brett Lowart. This deep-rooted
campus may soon be getting a makeover.
Campus construction plans highlight long term construction projects for Notre Dame High School between 2013 and 2015. Courtesy of Notre Dame High School.
With an application currently undergoing review at the Los
Angeles City Planning Department, plans are underway for the construction and
renovation of several facilities and buildings on the campus, starting in
phases between 2013 and 2015. In an interview with Canyon News, Lowart said the
project was necessary to keep up the “tradition of excellence” at this Catholic,
college preparatory school with a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate.
“School improvements have been on the agenda here for many
years, for over 10 years,” Lowart said. “Now we’re in a position where we are
fundraising and can be focused on the projects.”
At the top of the list of improvements is a new aquatic
center. With an estimated cost of $1.5 million, it would replace the swimming pool
originally constructed in 1961 which fails to meet modern requirements for
water sports such as swimming and water polo.
“We have to send our teams off campus to compete at other
pools because our pool is too small and too old. It doesn’t have the depth
requirements for water polo,” Lowart said.
Given its long history, the high school has had quite a few
renovations over the years. The library is already undergoing construction and
will be completed in the next month. The past decade has seen the addition of several
buildings and improvements from an arts and technology building in 2003 to a
science building in 2008 as well as stadium enhancements. Notre Dame High
School invested $15 million in these past improvements.
Regarding the new development plans, Los Angeles City
Planning Department will make a decision in a meeting in September. But city
approval is only one factor of the project’s success. Another major factor is
funding, which has already started and is “making some decent progress,” Lowart
Of course, no high school can be an island unto itself and
while students may enjoy the modernized facilities, Notre Dame High School has
several hundred neighboring residents and thousands of community residents to take
into account. The project is on the agenda for discussion with the Sherman Oaks
Community Council in August.
“All of our projects, we’ve
communicated with neighbors about, the reasons why we’re doing them and we’ve
had frank discussions about what the impact would be on the neighborhoods,”
Lowart said. “We’re not doing anything in the dark of night— we want everybody
to be as excited about it as we are.”